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Buffalo Chicken Salad

This buffalo chicken salad will satisfy your craving without all the prep, mess and cleanup of traditional buffalo wings!

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Buffalo Chicken Salad - TheNavagePatch.com

We love buffalo wings in this house (or just “wings” for all you Buffalonians out there). The more, the better! For an indulgent keto meal, they really can’t be beat!

But since I’m a traditionalist, I do things the hard way. I cut up my wing sections from full wings, and I deep fry them in oil. Then, because the best wing is a Dirty Wing, I do it all over again. It’s a labor of love I’m happy to do, but on a weeknight, I don’t have the time or energy for all that prep, cooking, and cleanup. I needed a solution that would allow us to get our buffalo fix any night of the week.

Enter my super-easy buffalo chicken salad.

On a plate or in a bowl, it’s all the taste of the real deal without all the effort!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

 Buffalo Chicken Salad - TheNavagePatch.com

For the chicken, I use either boneless, skinless breasts or tenderloins, but you can use any cut you’d like. The breasts are just easier to work with for a weeknight meal.

I almost exclusively serve my buffalo chicken salad in bowls, which makes it easy to eat while Handan, Baris and I binge whatever show is on our menu – currently, it’s Stranger Things. For Handan and me, this is our third go-around, but it’s the First Time for Baris, which makes it all exciting and new again. We’re a dinner-in-front-of-the-TV family, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Times have changed, and we changed with them. Because of this, I cook a lot of easy meals-in-a-bowl during the week, which I’ll be sharing with you guys in the future.

For the greens, I use either iceberg or romaine – whatever I have on hand, but this buffalo chicken salad would also be awesome served in Boston lettuce cups.

I’ll occasionally add some carrots and celery to Baris’s salad or just celery for Handan and me (no carrots, though – they’re full of sugar). Celery and carrots are not necessary, and I usually serve this salad without them, but the option is there, should you want to add them.

And you just can’t have “buffalo” without blue cheese dressing, and IMHO, there’s no better blue cheese dressing than Greg’s Blue Cheese Dressing! 🙂

Greg's Blue Cheese Dressing - TheNavagePatch.com

But if it’s too much work to make blue cheese dressing from scratch, by all means, use your favorite bottled. I won’t judge…much.

For the sauce, I make a slightly modified version of my traditional buffalo wing sauce. It’s the same thing without any added cayenne pepper. We like our wings with a big kick, but this buffalo chicken salad is better with moderate heat. If you want more heat, either add cayenne to the sauce or dial back the butter. If you like it a little tamer, dial back the Frank’s hot sauce and amp up the butter a bit. Fat tames heat, so anytime something is too hot, just add more fat.

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Buffalo Chicken Salad - TheNavagePatch.com
Buffalo Chicken Salad - TheNavagePatch.com

Buffalo Chicken Salad

This buffalo chicken salad will satisfy your craving without all the prep, mess and cleanup of traditional buffalo wings!
Greg
5 from 2 votes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 667 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts or tenderloins
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 cups hearts of romaine - torn or cut salad size
  • 4 Tbsp blue cheese crumbles - (optional)

For the Buffalo Sauce

  • ½ cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter - ½ stick
  • 4 Tbsp salted butter - ½ stick
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

For the Blue Cheese Dressing

Instructions
 

  • Combine all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer until butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • In a large frying pan over medium high heat, saute chicken in vegetable oil until browned on both sides.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Using tongs and kitchen shears and working over the pan, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and return them to the pan.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and continue sauteing until the watery juices have evaporated, and the cubed chicken begins to brown. Keep cooking until the chicken pieces at the bottom of the pan begin to get a little stringy.
  • Turn off heat and add buffalo sauce to chicken in pan. Stir to combine.
  • Add lettuce to bowls or plates.
  • Top greens with Greg's Blue Cheese Dressing followed by chicken, or put the chicken first, followed by the dressing – up to you!
  • Garnish with blue cheese crumbles, if desired.

Notes

I always make more buffalo sauce than the recipe calls for, so we can have extra, if desired. I use the recipe from my Dirty Buffalo Wings post, but I leave out the added cayenne.

Nutrition

Calories: 667kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 53gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 220mgSodium: 1714mgPotassium: 1204mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 10294IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 160mgIron: 3mg
KEYWORD blue cheese, buffalo wing dip, easy, keto, low carb, salad, weeknight meal
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Buffalo Chicken Salad - TheNavagePatch.com
Buffalo Chicken Salad - TheNavagePatch.com
Buffalo Chicken Salad - TheNavagePatch.com

Okay, okay, you can only take so much salad! If you’re ready to put in the effort, do you want to taste the best damn buffalo wings on planet Earth? Look no further than Greg’s Dirty Buffalo Wings!

Greg's Dirty Buffalo Wings - TheNavagePatch.com

Eat well, stay healthy. Real food is the best preventive medicine.

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  1. I have chicken in the fridge for Buffalo chicken wraps tonight, but wanted a better recipe for the sauce. Ta-dah! For an extra bit of flavor, fat, and ketoness throw some avocado on those salads! *chef’s kiss* Delicious on our wraps, worth a shot in the bowl. ??‍♀️

  2. Spicy buffalo chicken…hmmm. You are singing the song of my people. I love tangy and spicy food (Mexican, TexMex, Thai, Indian, okay all Asian cuisines) I always have some Franks Hot Sauce on hand for cooking. BTW, I finally tried the Turkish cheesecake last weekend. It was so good. Definitely will make it again.

  3. This looks so delicious!! Thank you for not making me scroll 17 miles to get to the recipe AND thanks for always keeping the commentary interesting. Always good stuff at The Navage Patch.

  4. Nothing beats Frank’s Hot Sauce! We go through 2 gallons of it per year?My family really does “put that s##t on everything.” I’m gonna give this recipe a whirl and let you know what they think! (Variety IS the spice to life?) Hubby and daughter are the Wing Dingers. I’m the Buffalo Dip queen. All on a Friday night, right in front of the boob tube! BTW….I cracked up laughing with the “Eat well, stay healthy…” disclaimer?

    1. Awesome, let me know what you think! Eat well, stay healthy is my new tagline for food posts. I’m convinced there is no better preventive medicine than good, real food. Onions and garlic keeps sickness at bay and the doctor away! 🙂

  5. Hi, its me again. I am going to make this too. I will let you know what I think. Being from Buffalo NY Im not so sure about the worcestershire I dont even know how to spell it but Im always open to new ideas. I will let you know. Keep the recipes coming. Thanks

    Kim

      1. Ok I will. Instead of a salad I was thinking of using it as a pizza topping. What do you think, Buffalo chicken wing pizza?